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    Silver Sabretache Cartridge Box Captured from a Member of Santa Anna's Personal Bodyguard at the Battle of Churubusco by Major Roswell S. Ripley, Ca 1840s. The 3¼" X 4¾" silver lid is bordered by a separately affixed brass frame which is embellished with acanthus leaves. A separately affixed silver numeral "1" is in the center. The lid is engraved in three lines, "Churubusco/ Augt 20, 1847/ From Major R. S. Ripley". The lid is hinged at the back and attached to the silver side plates which are adorned with a brass rosette with the central theme of a Medusa head. Suspensory loops for the sabretache sling are attached to rings at the side. The wooden body of the box is covered with red wool and bored to accommodate four approximately .69 caliber cartridges. A small silver finial is attached at the bottom.

    Roswell S. Ripley graduated from West Point in 1843 and was brevetted major for gallantry at Chapultepec and, in 1849, published a two volume history of the Mexican War. Although from Ohio, Ripley resigned his commission in 1853 and settled in Charleston, S. C. where he ran a successful business and became a staunch advocate of states' rights. He helped direct fire from a Charleston battery on to Fort Sumter and, on August 15, 1861, was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. Ripley served in various commands including that of an infantry brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. He was roundly criticized for his conduct at Antietam and, after Chancellorsville, spent the remainder of the war in administrative positions.

    Excellent untouched condition. Some surface wear to the red wool and one small hole in the bottom, minor. A great Mexican War trophy, captured by an intriguing and historic personality.


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